Author: Laurie Rackas

Provider Health Spotlight on Celeste Joyner

Spotlight Celeste Joyner, Children’s College, Baltimore, MD The Problem Two vegetarians, one pescatarian (who eats fish but no other meat), five omnivores. How does one provider feed such a diverse group of eaters? The Solution Fresh, healthy foods, meat optional. How She Did It Celeste Joyner spends weekends at farms and farmer’s markets where she… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Head Start’s Mental Health Tool

The Problem: Sometimes an adult (parent/caregiver/early childhood educator) has a temperament that is vastly different from that of a young child. How do you bridge the gap and foster a loving, supportive relationship? One Solution: You can start with the interactive Infant Toddler Temperament Tool (IT3) on Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Child Care State Licensing Database

The Problem States need a way to measure whether their current child care licensing standards do or do not meet the Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) guidelines. Those are the minimum health and safety standards that child care programs should meet. The Solution The research team at Child Care Aware® of America developed a… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Flu Season Preparedness

The Problem Teaching children flu prevention can be tough—and teachers need resources that make it fun and easy for kids to understand the flu. One Solution The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready Wrigley activity book series helps kids prepare for many types of emergency, including preparing for flu season. The books are… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Kira Boothe

Spotlight Kira Boothe, Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter & Child Development Program, Phoenix, Arizona The Problem Families can stay at the shelter a maximum of 120 days. What lasting change can the Child Development Program make in young children’s lives? The Solution Introduce the children to fresh, healthy foods and information about the benefits of… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Christina Nelson

Spotlight Christina Nelson, Mountain View Child Care, North Troy, Vermont The Problem How can a child care program provide hands-on outdoor learning experiences that will instill in children a sense of responsibility for, and a connection to, nature? The Solution Scavenger hunts, snowshoeing, and chickens How She Did It Christina’s program has a vegetable garden,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Virtual Early Education Center

Spotlight On Virtual Early Education Center (VEEC) The Problem There are so many health and safety practices that early care and education (ECE) programs must follow, that it can be hard to envision how all those pieces come together in one center. One Solution The interactive Virtual Early Education Center, developed by the National Center… Read more »

Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation for Child Care/New York State Department of Health

It was a news article that changed the arc of Carla Wallin’s career. In the early 2000s, the article reported the results of a research study on breastfeeding rates in the U.S. Rates were falling, and the dip was associated with women returning to work or school after giving birth. That did not sit well… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Barb Sinner

Spotlight Barb Sinner, Barb’s Daycare, West Fargo, ND The Problem Barb has two goals: 1) to give the children in her care lots of time for movement and play, and 2) to prepare them for kindergarten. Can she do both well? The Solution Yes, by adopting a preschool program that marries learning and movement. How… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Post-Disaster Child Care Needs and Resources

Spotlight On Post-Disaster Child Care Needs and Resources The Problem Families and child care providers can face many challenges following a disaster, and they may not be aware of the various agencies that offer assistance. One Solution The following guidance document catalogs federal and other resources available to families, providers (including centers, in-home, and family… Read more »

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